Pop Culture Odds and Ends – Spring Break Edition

My Facebook feed this week has been filled with vacation photos from all my friends who are enjoying spring break and I have to admit that I’m a little jealous. I’m about a month away from my vacation and I’ve been so busy lately that I could use a few days of R&R. Of course most of my friends are vacationing with their children who are on break, so I’m not sure how relaxing their vacations actually are. Family trips are always an adventure – whether you want them to be or not.

So while I long for a few days off, get yourself caught up on all the pop culture that you might have missed with this week’s roundup. A perfect way to kill a morning if you are taking a staycation.




  • Detroit:


  • The Little House:


  • The Bad Batch:


  • American Assassin:


  • Bloodline, final season:


  • Drone:


  • Netflix’s Dear White People:


  • 6 Days:


  • Orphan Black, season 5:


  • The Hero:


  • Beatriz at Dinner:


  • Outlander, season 3:


  • Gotham:


  • The Hitman’s Bodyguard:


  • Wakefield:


  • Krypton:


  • Lost in London:


  • Star Wars: The Last Jedi:


  • Wizard of Lies:





Odds and Ends

Mashups and Supercuts

  • Riz Ahmed and James Corden had a rap battle:


  • A Rick and Morty mod for Grand Theft Auto V:


  • A heavy metal cover of “Dancing Queen”:


  • Mystery Science Theater 3000 takes on Stranger Things:


  • The Force Awakens mashed up with The Last Jedi:


  • Jimmy Kimmel and Matt Damon take their feud to the not so friendly skies:


  • Classic love and heartbreak songs as Stephen King novels:


  • La La Land mashed up with lots of songs:


  • Doug Funnie sings “Throw Some D’s”:

Pop Culture Odds and Ends – On the DL Edition

We’re now on day 4 of my stint on the disabled list due to a sprained ankle and I’m really pretty much over this injury. I am a pretty terrible patient and if I wasn’t trying to get myself healed up for my big weekend plans I probably wouldn’t be taking it as easy as I currently am. Of course, my idea of “taking it easy” is actually following instructions and even going so far as to take a sick day from work to rest up, but there seems to be progress in my recovery. I even let my mom bring me some groceries yesterday, which was a pretty big concession since I really don’t like having to ask for help. I’m also feeling well enough to overanalyze who has and has not been quick to check in on me and how I’m doing; that’s a good sign – that means I’m not in as much pain if I can read way too much into things.

But even a sprained ankle couldn’t keep me from getting you the pop culture roundup. Since I’ve had a lot of downtime, I was able to spend most of my recovery time searching high and low on the internet for stories that you might have missed in the last seven days. So while I remember to keep my leg elevated and iced throughout the day, enjoy the fruits of my labors with this week’s roundup.

  • Jimmy Fallon and Taraji P. Henson play “Fast Family Feud”:


Time for some trailers……

  • Bradley Cooper in Burnt:


  • Matt Damon in The Martian:


  • The first teaser for The Daily Show with Trevor Noah:


  • Robert Pattison as James Dean in Life:


  • Bryan Cranston in Trumbo:


  • Doctor Who: Series 9:


  • New promos for The Muppets:



  • Manhattan season two:


  • Sundance hit The Witch reveals its first trailer:


  • The Flash, season 2:


  • ABC’s Wicked City:


  • Daniel Radcliffe in Victor Frankenstein:


  • Netflix’s Narcos:






  • Downton Abbey fans will like this reunion on Instagram:


  • Josh Groban sang Donald Trump tweets on Jimmy Kimmel Live!:



  • Amy Schumer, Bill Hader and I all have something in common – Sitting in clogs:





  • Beyoncé is on the cover of the September issue of Vogue:


  •  This is an actual video released by the Philadelphia police department; it might seem familiar:


  • Julianne Hough is engaged to NHL player Brooks Laich.

As always, we end with the mashups and supercuts….

  • District 9 gets the 8-bit treatment:


  • What if Werner Herzong directed Ant-Man?:


  • Bern Your Enthusiasm:


  • “Seven Nation Army” gets a vintage New Orleans dirge cover:


  • Another cover –Jane Lynch covers “Anaconda”:


  • 100 TV theme songs on guitar:


  • The Hateful Eight vs The Thing:


  • What if True Detective was a sitcom?


  • Game of Thrones will the Sesame Street theme song:


  • And finally, The Muppets cover N.W.A:



Pop Culture Resolutions for 2013

Happy New Year! This is the time of year when people reflect on their past and make resolutions for how they want to improve themselves in the coming year. I’ve made the same resolutions that I think most people make – lose weight, get my finances in order, spend more time with the people that are important to me – but because I am who I am, I also have a number of pop culture resolutions for 2013. Some of my resolutions further items on my pop culture bucket list, while others are simply things I want to devote more time to.

In 2013, I want to:

  • Go to at least 3 new MLB stadiums. I was making some real progress toward my ultimate goal of visiting all the stadiums for all 30 of the MLB teams – in only a few years I was able to get almost half of them done – but then I stalled out. I haven’t been to a new stadium on over a year. I’ve covered almost all the stadiums that are easy to drive to in a day, so the level of difficulty has increased. Still, there are some left to do that are reasonably doable – Philadelphia, Washington D.C. and Pittsburgh – that I hope to cross of the list in 2013. I’m also efforting taking a road trip to complete some of the stadiums in the Midwest as well that are still outstanding. That’s still more of a question mark, but I’m hoping I can make it happen.
  • Read more books. One of the things that I am most disappointed in myself is that I haven’t made enough time for myself to get some real reading in. I used to be a much more prolific reader, but then I went to graduate school and I lost my drive to read for leisure. I think I read an all-time low number of books in 2012 and I’d like to remedy that situation. So in 2013, I plan to set some time aside every day to read a little for fun. I have an apartment full of books, a Kindle and a tablet – I really have no excuse; I can find a 30 minutes a day somewhere. First up is to finish The Twelve, which I have been trying to get through forever.
  • Go to fewer concerts. I know this seems like an odd resolution, but I spend way too much money on concert tickets relative to what I get out of them. I’ve been to some great shows in the past few years, but I’ve also been to some “meh” shows as well. I need to be more selective in the shows I go to – for example, as much as I love Bruce Springsteen, I probably don’t need to see him a fourth time right away. At this point, I have seen most of the acts that I am really dying to see – except for those elusive Foo Fighters – so it’s time to take a little break. I’m not saying I won’t go to any shows, but I hope to do it less frequently.
  • Go to see Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. Who knows what the future holds – if Fallon does indeed take over The Tonight Show in 2014 and he does move the show to California, I will kick myself for not taking advantage of the opportunity to see him when he is relatively so close. Of course, that scenario is still something of a long shot – even if he does take over for Leno, the show could still stay in NYC – but it’s a good kick in the pants to get my stuff together and just go see the show already.
  • Watch Deadwood. I’ve had the series DVD set for several years and have started it several times, only to get derailed in my effort to complete is somewhere in the middle of the second season. Because it is such a complex show with a lot of storylines and characters, I always need to start at the beginning every time. So even though the show is only 3 seasons, I still haven’t completed it. I hope to change that in 2013.
  • Keep making the blog better. I’m pretty happy with what I’ve done with the blog in 2012, but as we approach its one year anniversary I’d like to keep improving it. I’d love to reach a larger audience and am toying with the idea of creating a Facebook page for the blog and its own twitter account (currently I use my personal accounts for both to publicize it). I also have a few new blog features that I’ve been waiting to unveil that I hope people will enjoy. So in 2013, I hope I can take As Heather’s World Turns to the next level – or at least keep it interesting.

So that’s my pop culture game plan for 2013. I don’t necessarily expect to get everything done – I don’t know that anyone really keeps all their resolutions – but I think that they are at least doable. What pop culture resolutions are you making for the New Year?